A Celebration of the Life of James T. Case, Jr. will be held at the Magnolia Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for family and friends.  Mr. Case passed away on Saturday, September 3 at the Capitol Nursing Home in Dover where he had been a resident for two years.  Mr. Case was born at home in Magnolia on June 24, 1930 to Lydia Darling Case and James T. Case, Sr.


A Celebration of the Life of James T. Case, Jr. will be held at the Magnolia Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for family and friends.  Mr. Case passed away on Saturday, September 3 at the Capitol Nursing Home in Dover where he had been a resident for two years.  Mr. Case was born at home in Magnolia on June 24, 1930 to Lydia Darling Case and James T. Case, Sr.

He was predeceased by his parents and his step mother, Sarah Ingram Case.  Mr. Case was a 1948 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School.  He served in the U.S. Army in Alaska for two years and in 1954 began a 33 year employment at Dover Air Force Base, retiring in 1987.  All his life he had a love of horses and began raising, training and driving standardbred horses as a hobby.  In 1959; along with his cousin, Harry N. Barrett, Jr. and childhood friend, Anthony B. Carroll, Jr., purchased Afton Love, the yearling filly that would begin their creation of High Hope Stable. 

Case's interest in the industry lasted over 50 years during which time he promoted better conditions for horsemen.  He served on the board of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owner's Association and as its President for six years.  He was also instrumental in the organization of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association and served as its President from its inception in 1997 until, because of failing health, retired in 2009. 

In 2001 he was selected by Harness Horse International as Horseman of the Year.  He is survived by his wife, Joan, sons, James T. (Ty) Case III (Holly) and Todd Y. Case (Lisa) and a daughter, Jane N. Case, two grandchildren, Leslie Case DiPietro (Anthony), James T. Case IV, (Kris) and a great-grandson, Anthony James DiPietro. He is also survived by a sister, Lillian Case Swain and a brother, Donald D. Case.  Interment was at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Contributions may be made to The James Case Scholarship Fund, c/o Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, 830 Walker Sq. Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19901. This scholarship will be awarded at the annual awards banquet, to a son or daughter of a DSOA Horsemen presently enrolled in college  in memory of  James Case.